Gestring Springs for Gold

On August 12, 1936, Marjorie Gestring became the youngest female athlete to win an individual gold medal in any Olympic Games.

Gestring was an American diver who competed on the three meter spring board. She was 13 years and 268 days old. Not only did she have to do better than Kathrine Rawls who placed first at the US Olympic trials, but she also had to beat Dorothy Poyntion-Hill who was the defending champion.

Rawls placed second and Poyntion-Hill placed third on the spring board behind Gestring.

World War II prevented Gestring from competing in 1940 and 1944. When she came back in ’48 she was 26 years old. She placed fourth when competing in Olympic Trials in 1948 at age 26, losing her last chance to compete in the games.

Aside from her achivements on the world stage she managed to get eight championships while competing with the Amateur Athletic Union. She was honored in 1976 by an induction into the International Swimming Hall of Fame.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: